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Who Controls eBook Rights?

The Court Battle that Could Determine the Fate of the Book Industry:A Review & Analysis (Updated)

By Lloyd J. Jassin

The picture of publishing economics has changed dramatically.  Since the middle of 2011, Amazon is selling more eBooks than hardcover and paperback books combined.  What this trend makes clear, is it is becoming increasingly difficult to publish a book profitably based solely on bound book sales... More

Fair Use in a Nutshell:
A Practical Guide to Fair Use

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“Words must be weighed not counted.”

-- Old Yiddish proverb

Unfortunately, many creative  projects are stillborn or abandoned, because the author, or the author's producer or publisher partner, was intimidated by the subject of “fair use.” This uncertainty is regrettable, since, under many conditions, fair use allows you to copy, display and publish copyrighted works without payment or permission.  While not a substitute for legal advice, this article provides guidelines that will and help you to avoid potential problems and allow you take full advantage of the fair use doctrine...More

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Termination of Book & Music Publishing Copyright Contracts

By Lloyd J. Jassin

A Passing Opportunity to Recapture Publishing Rights

The copyright termination time bomb is ticking away.  Starting in 2011 the publishing and entertainment industries will be looking at  the possibility thousands of negotiations with copyright owners seeking to recapture their rights... More

Trademark Law & Book Titles

How to Use Trademark Law to Create Multiple Passive Income Streams & Avert Legal Battles 

By Lloyd J. Jassin

A great title can contribute tremendously to a book’s success. It can also create opportunities for multiple ASICS Kvinnors GEL-Venture 5 Running Shoes Hav Djup / Rosa Glöd / Aruba Blue , Vince Camuto Kvinnors Kankitta Sport Sandal Ren Combo ASICS Women s Gel-Contend 4 Running Shoes Silver / Campanula / Kol , Salomon Women s Sonic Pro Lila Nike Womens Metcon 3 Träningsskor Vit / svart / Dark-grå / Teal , RYKA Kvinnors Devotion Plus Walking Shoe Vit / Krom Silver / Frostat Mandel NIKE Women s Air Max 90 EZ Running Shoes Vit / vit San Antonio sko Women s SAS, Friidrott Snör åt Sneaker Mocka Ryka Women s Devo Plus 2 Walking Shoe Black / Purple Easy Spirit Women s Faisal2 Sneaker Grå Nina Women s, Georgea Slide Sandals Svart , Ivanka Trump Women s Earin Slide Sandal Blå / Multi Adidas Kvinnors Crazyflight Bounce W Volleybollsko Vit / Natt Metallic / Grå Två J. Rene233; Röd , Aravon Women s Revsmart Oxford Svart , Soludos Kvinnors Ibiza Broderade Mule Slipper Midnattsblå , Propet Women s Washable Walker Sneaker Grå , Propet Women s Washable Walker Sneaker Sr White CLARKS Kvinnors Tequini Slip-On Dark Gunsmoke Rocket Dog Kvinnors Magic Canvas Fashion Sneaker Vit Dyeables kvinnors Brielle Ankle-Strap Sandal Svart Satin Xero Sko DayLite Hiker - Lätt Minimalistisk, Barefoot-Inspirerad Vandrare - Kvinnor Burgndy / Black , InterestPrint Dam Boots Unique Designed Comfort Lace Up Boots Multi 16 , BareTraps Kvinnors Bt Kelyn Ankle Bootie Brun Merrell Kvinnors Encore Kassie Moc Clog Svart , Sanita Women s Original Pro. Mång Romika Kvinnors Ibiza 87 Flat Sandal Brandy Salomon Women s Heika LTR CS Vattentät Snow Boot Svart / Quarry / Alloy FRYE Kvinnors Melissa Tab Tall Riding Boot Svart Utökad BareTraps Kvinnors Yoshie Snow Boot Svart passive income streams from licensing the sale of book-related merchandise and paraphernalia.

In this article, I will share with you valuable tips on how to determine the availability of a title, secure its ownership, develop valuable licensing streams from it, and protect against its unauthorized use by intellectual property pirates... More

About The Law Firm

The Law Offices of Lloyd J. Jassin provides a full range of legal services on book publishing, entertainment, copyright, trademark, licensing, internet and corporate law matters.
Call us at 212-354-4442.
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The Legal Consequences of Using Real People in Fiction

When Fiction & Reality Collide

By Attorney Lloyd J. Jassin

My main character is loosely based on a real person. I mean, that's who inspired me. I never identify him by name (he's my ex-friend) and I've made up 90% of the events that happen in the book. I'm worried after the book becomes successful, that he'll come back and try to take a stake in the millions.  What can I do to prevent this? More


TIP:  Keep in mind that both identical and confusingly similar marks for related goods and service may be entitled to trademark protection, and that a trademark owner need not register their mark federally to enjoy trademark protection.



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